Well hello friends, do come in. It is freezing outside today. I swear, when Mother Nature has teased us with temps like 14°C, it is way not cool to, a few days later, drop down to -18°C but feels like -21°C! Welcome to March in Montreal…
So, I should think a warm beverage is in order. Would you like an espresso, cappuccino, lattè, good straight up filtered? Maybe a little splash of somethin’, somethin’? It’s Saturday, why not? Of course, if you prefer tea I’ve quite the selection as well, Earl Grey, Orange Pekoe, Breakfast, green and 5-6 herbals, should you prefer. Please, it is no trouble. The kettle goes on, voilà!
Alrighty, now that we are comfy on the couch, let’s chat. How has your week been? Busy? Relaxed? A little of both?
If we were having coffee, I’d say it has been mostly a nice week, starting with Sunday night at the Oscar’s – yes, in my home, on my couch, alone. But that was okay. I actually enjoyed this year’s and apart from that Kimmel and the tourists bit, didn’t find it boring or too long. The tourists… five minute would have been enough! This year I only saw two of the movies. I am promising myself – for realz this time, that next year, I will do better! Mind you, the two that I did see were La La Land and Fences – for which Viola totally deserved her Oscar!
If we were having coffee, and you happened to be here last week, you know that I foolishly attempted to go shopping at Ikea. On a Saturday afternoon. Wrong!! So… take two! I went on Monday and bought 18 bottles! And some candles. All those baths I was taking when I was really sick put a serious dent in my candle inventory. Oh, and of course, I did absolutely have to buy those bloody cinnamon raisin rolls that they ensure we sniff all through the store… Decided to do a Costco/grocery/gas run and on my way through the back way was teased with a fabulous setting sun. Parked my car, zipped out and snapped a few pictures. Oh, where I was parked, I kinda blocked anyone from passing! When I realised a woman was behind me, I smiled sheepishly (she smiled back) and hopped back into my car!
Got home and bottled my lemon and orange nectar….
I cannot tell you how disappointed I am that my orangecello did not even have the slightest tint of orange. Sigh. Can only tell them apart by scent – HUGE difference – and by the labels I will be putting on them!
Iain and I had been talking about making grapefruit cello and I wanted to make some lime so, these fruit I picked up, along with the alcohol and now, two new batches are blending to do their thing!
Think I’ll be making some sorbets or salads, or juicing them and freezing for later use.
While I was out gallivanting, I had a lovely blade roast cooking away with, of all things, pepperoncini. (Thank you Facebook!) It smelled so good when I got home! Plain old potatoes to soak up the juices and some GI Joe Cabbage (brussels sprouts to the regular folk) sautéed with Serrano ham, shallots and apples. Iain and I enjoyed immensely.
So that brings us to Tuesday. Fat Tuesday. Mardi Gras. Pancake Day! Only. I had brined a chicken the night before so I really had to cook it. But, come on, we’re supposed to have pancakes for supper! Well, not wanting to disappoint anyone, I served both. The option to use my fabulous gravy (no, really, you know when you make something and dang if it doesn’t surpass your expectations? This was the case on Tuesday…) or maple syrup. Made no never mind to me, ‘sall I can say! There were sugar snap peas for that veggie element but… didn’t bother asking them to pose for the camera…
Wednesday, Wednesday… what did I do Wednesday. Oh yes! Wrote my Friday Fictioneers, went on a coffee date. Determined after one coffee that it was lovely to meet you, but move along. Ugh. I hate this dating thing. It’s exhausting. I know I haven’t really told you anything at all but I was on some dating sites. I am no longer. It was fun for a while. Now? Not so much!
How could I forget! I finished reading “Swimming Lessons”, by Claire Fuller. What a fabulous book. So very original. I definitely recommend it! I have now started on “The Gift” by Louise Jensen, like Claire, this is her second book. It it’s as good as her first one “The Sister”, I shall not be disappointed.
Thursday came along and I saw my friend (through Mick) Leonard was on-line so we chatted a bit. I asked him when we were going to finally get together and have a beer and catch up on stuff. He said he was meeting his buddy Steve (usually my “date” when we go see Leonard do stand-up) to watch the hockey game and that I was more than welcome to join them. I asked him if he was sure I would not intrude on their “Guy-Time”! Was told I would never… We met at the Irish Embassy Pub on Bishop Street downtown. Let me tell you, when there is a home game, ya gotta leave early because traffic is intense! It ended up taking me a good 40 minutes, which was pretty darn good. However. Parking was a whole ‘nother kettle of fish! After going around the blocks a few times, and just missing one – blast you, guy who cut in front of me! May the fleas of a thousand camels infest your nether regions! So, I gave up and decided to go to Mick’s old favourite inside parking three blocks over. First time I ever end up on the top floor! Eesh. Hustle my way to join the gents. See scads of empty parking spaces. Pump fist up at the gods of parking but decide it’s a waste of time and keep walking. Later find out that two streets over on the other side, there is indoor parking five bucks cheaper! Sigh. Had a great evening with these two jokers. They tag-teamed against me occasionally. Buggers! Habs were losing 1-0 when Leonard decided he was done and left us. Good thing too. Not five minutes later, the Habs tied the game! I told Steve, had we known all we had to do was get rid of Lenny, we would have sooner… With six seconds left in the game, we beat Nashville and our beloved PK Subban. Was kinda nice to see the fans cheering him on despite his wearing a different jersey. His ex-teammates weren’t so enthused…
A nice Irish stew and a couple of Kilkenny Pints and lots of great conversation. It was one of the first times I had the chance to have such a great conversation with Steve. He is a good man, lots of responsibilities but has the most wonderful mantra every morning: Today I will try to be the best husband, father, brother, son, employer I can be. Some days, no matter how hard you try, you do not succeed fully but come the next day, the slate is clean and you can start over. I like that.
On Friday, I was very proud of my eldest son. I drove him to the SAAQ (DMV, for the Americans) so that he would not have to get up so early. 15 minute car ride vs. 1+ hour bus ride. Came home and pfaffed around for a bit. The whole gang was home for dinner – on a Friday night!! I still had some chicken left-over with that fab gravy so I made us some hot-chicken sandwiches. Went to the convenience store for some crappy McCain fries to bake and go with. (I did not have a potato in the house.) Seriously, those fries are the worst. No matter how long I cooked them, they would not get crispy. Note to self: Don’t buy ’em again!
So this Saturday, we were supposed to get a group of us together to participate in the Illuminart going on in Montreal. Sadly, one of our gang hurt her leg and hip and could not walk for any distance. That made it easier for one to decide to cocoon in his home all day. That left Julie and me. They were calling for “freeze-your-butt-off” temps and neither one of us was that enthusiastic to go in those conditions! So we opted for dinner and a movie!
There is this great little Korean restaurant with amazingly reasonable prices and fantastic-tasting food. Julie had never been and I’ve now been three times. Mon Ami (My Friend) restaurant… How cute a name is that? Their Bibimbap is delicious and they tell me their fried chicken is the bomb – maybe next time! There was a line-up at 7:30 pm but we didn’t have to wait too long. It was so hard to choose what to eat as everything looks good! I’m hoping the next time I go, my dinner partner wants to join me in their BBQ platter that cooks on a hot plate in front of you…
We had time to have a coffee before our movie. We went to see “Hidden Figures” and both of us loved it.
Oh my goodness. We’re on our third cup already and I’ve totally gobbled up way too much of your time! Thank you for sharing this time with me! I hope I managed to keep you entertained and that I did not torment you too much with the food pics 😉 I wish for you a most fabulous Sunday and week ahead!
Thank you to Emily from Nerd in the Brain for hosting this shindig – I have to find out why I am not get notifications for the coffee shares but do for other posts… Hmmm…
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